2018 Progress Edition
These local businesses support the local arts, theater, and entertainment in our region.
Mr. K’s Used Books, Music and More
When Kaveh and Mary Dabir came across a scruffy used bookstore in the heart of Oak Ridge, TN in 1996, they knew that with a little TLC and some vision, the place could become a community icon. It did, and a little more than two decades later, the Dabirs have opened four more locations in the Southeast.
“Mr. K’s Johnson City is far from the scruffy bookstore where it all began. With over 11,000 square-feet of hand-chosen merchandise, our knowledgeable, friendly staff, precise store organization that enables books and other items to be easily located, and our ability to sell and trade sets us apart in the community,” says Dabir. “Because a large percentage of the store’s inventory comes directly from this selling and trading with the public, new items come and go every day, all day long.”
Mr. K’s sells and trades new and used books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, comic books, video games, game consoles, and books-on-CD. Affordable prices, a varied selection, rare and collectible comics, and a collectible book section devoted to first editions, signed copies, leather-bound volumes and hard to find out-of-print titles ensures every customer will find something to pique their interest.
The Dabirs’ distinct philosophy that stands as the foundation of Mr. K’s business is to create a “home-away-from-home” atmosphere for employees and customers alike. They encourage the local writing community by hosting author book signings, selling local authors’ books on consignment, and ordering material for area book clubs and kids’ school-required summertime reading.
“Our close-knit atmosphere allows our frequent customers and staff to get to know each other, and our knowledgeable staff is always ready with a personalized tip or recommendation. The opportunities for new reads and treasured finds are ever-changing along with our selection of inventory,” says Dabir. “You never know what you’ll find at Mr. K’s!”